When the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was planning its 30th anniversary it said that turning 30 requires the party of the century! So, on 19 November more than 200 members of the chamber and distinguished guests travelled to Studio City in Macau, to celebrate SwedCham Hong Kong.
Inspired by James Bond’s secret missions in Macau, the theme was evident: Casino Royale. The evening started out in the beautiful French Garden, where a culinary experience began in the environs of the impressive Studio City Hotel. The cocktails were an art of their own, with drinks from Ganjal created by the Swedish bartender, or “mixologist”, Oskar Johansson. They were all shaken, not stirred, of course …
The guests also enjoyed canapes from Carelian Caviar and champagne sponsored by MIQ Logistics. After cocktails, incredible cheese from Almenäs Bruk and arcade gun-gaming, the dinner took place in the Grand Ballroom. Michelin 2-star chef Björn Frantzén truly lived up to his reputation. The five-course dinner had an awesome touch of Swedish culture (seared scallops topped with spruce shoots was a hit with diners).
Looking like Mr Bond himself, with a glass of martini in his hand, Antony Phillips did a marvelous job as MC. Guests who were experts on SwedCham trivia and knew their Bond movies enjoyed gifts from Daniel Wellington, Helen and Arne Lindman, Baumgarten Di Marco and Skogsberg & Smart. When the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw and his band took to the stage the ballroom transformed into a concert and the dance floor became crowded with singers and dancers. After encores and even more dancing, the nightclub Pacha offered an after-party with drinks and vickning (midnight meal). The party lasted until the wee hours and some guests even saw the sunrise.
Swedcham Hong Kong send a huge thank you to their generous sponsors, who assisted in making the evening as fantastic as it was. Special thanks go to Diamond sponsor SAS for flying Måns Zelmerlöw and the band across the globe. A great thank you to H&M, Pear & Carrot, Scania and Greencarrier for being amazing Golden Eye sponsors. They are also truly grateful for their Quantum of Silver sponsors: Swedavia, Volvo, Asian Tigers, Ericsson, Handelsbanken, Envac, Nordea Private Banking, IKEA and House Hunters. Last, but definitely not least, we would like to extend our warmest appreciation to Kristoffer Luczak and his team for all the help at Studio City.
Source: Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
All photos: Jayne Russell Photography